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Working families say low wages and rising prices are pushing them into poverty

Working families have been telling how low wages and rising prices are pushing them into poverty.

Granada Reports correspondent Daniel Hewitt has been exploring the rise in the number of children growing up in poverty, even though their parents are working.

Val Coles and her son Michael live in Morecambe in a flat above the shop where she works.


Dogs banned on Morecambe beaches until September

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Lancaster City Council have banned dogs on Morecambe beach between now and September.

The restriction came into force earlier this week to comply with the council's entry into the Seaside Awards.

The awards recognise beaches in England that achieve the highest standards of beach management.

The council also argues restricting dogs during the summer months also helps to maintain the water quality at Morecambe South and North beaches during their busiest period.

Anyone found breaching the ban could face a fixed penalty notice of £80.

Appeal for witnesses after crash leaves nine-year-old boy with serious injuries.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward following a collision in Morecambe which left a nine-year-old boy with serious injuries.

Police were called to the scene at around 7.25pm on Sunday, January 29, following reports of an accident close to the Coastal Medical Centre in Heysham Road.

Officers believe that as the Renault Clio left the Kings Arms Pub car park, off Marine Road Central, followed by a Range Rover, it was involved in a collision with a Ford Mondeo at the junction with Heysham Road.

The incident happened on Heysham Road Credit: Google Maps

A nine-year-old boy, passenger in the Ford Mondeo from Kendal, suffered a suspected cardiac arrest at the scene and was taken to Royal Lancaster Infirmary. He was later treated for a broken arm and is now in a stable condition.

The second passenger in the Ford Mondeo, a five-year-old girl, also from Kendal, was treated for minor shoulder injuries and shock.

The driver of the Clio, an 18-year-old man from Heysham, suffered concussion and serious injuries to his abdomen and was taken to Royal Preston Hospital for treatment.

The road was closed for six hours. The driver of the Range Rover, a 25-year-old man from Lancaster, has since been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and is on bail till March 17.

We are continuing to investigate the circumstances of a serious road traffic collision in Morecambe.

Three people have been injured – two seriously – and we want to establish the exact nature of the incident.

We are particularly keen to trace two men who helped at the scene. Four men opened the door to the Clio in order to help the driver out of the car. We have traced two of those males, but have not yet identified the other two men.

We are appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision and has not yet spoken to police to contact us.

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log reference 1188 of January 29.

– Sergeant Claire Pearson, Lancashire Police

Morecambe fans move manager to tears with donation

Fans of Morecambe FC have raised £1000 to pay the fine of their manager Jim Bentley.

The Morecambe boss was recently hit with a one thousand pound fine by the Football Association after being sent to the stands during a game.

He was lost for words when he discovered supporters had held a collection at Saturday's match and were paying off the fine for him.

Chris Hall has the story.


Eric Morecambe's widow targeted by thieves, says son

Created by sculptor Graham Ibbeson, the statue was commissioned to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Morecambe and Wise first appearing on stage together. Credit: ITV Granada

The son of late comedian Eric Morecambe said thieves who targeted his mother's home must have gleaned from social media that she was out at the time.

Joan Bartholomew had travelled to Blackpool, more than 200 miles away from her home in Hertfordshire, for the unveiling of a statue in memory of her husband and his comic partner Ernie Wise.

Hertfordshire Police said it is investigating a burglary at an address in Harpenden between Thursday morning and Saturday evening, and a spokeswoman confirmed a number of items of jewellery were taken.

Morecambe's son Gary, who was also at the unveiling at Blackpool's Winter Gardens, told Lancashire newspaper The Visitor: "There wasn't masses of damage.

"My mum is a very realistic person, she doesn't like to make herself into a victim. It's just the way it is.

"I guess that's the power of social media, they must have known she was away."

Watch: One woman's quest to give war dead a fitting memorial

Susan Wilson from Morecambe's quest to create a fitting memorial for a war hero was made possible thanks to some serious detective work.

When she was researching her family tree she found a relative who'd fought in the Great War.

But his grave back in Lancashire had become overgrown and rundown. Susan was determined he should have a fitting memorial. Paul Crone reports.

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